So… I’m currently applying for colleges, filing taxes, and looking at a car and a job… So this whole writing thing is being squeezed into all that! But, I happen to enjoy writing, so that’s whats keeping me typing!
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin,we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
~1st John 2:1
We’re into the 2nd chapter! More of Johns wisdom being given to us.. We find some cool similarities with John’s previous writings right off the bat with his statement “Little children” as we see Him repeating the phrase in John 13:33. Think of your favorite author (besides God of course for all you Sunday school answerers). Got it? Well think of the different books he/she’s written, now I’m sure you’ll find very similar writing styles, maybe a word used more often than others or a phrase that helps identify who’s book your reading. Well, John is the same way as we’d expect. He uses the term “Little children” in his previous writing (The book of John) which most likely (but not set in stone) denotes he was probably writing this shortly after penning (or, quilling?) John. You’ll notice after reading 1st John a ton that when you read John many little things pop out as common writing styles. Kinda cool when you notice how real these people were, despite living thousands of years ago!
Anyways, John was most likely (again, not definitely) an older man writing these epistles, and the themes of the book show that Gnosticism was a prevalent issue in that day. Gnosticism basically taught that all physical was “bad” and the spiritual was “good”. Did you notice where John dealt with some of this? In chapter 1. He made very clear in verses 1 and 2 that he saw, heard, and felt Christ. Many in his day I’m sure were trying to incorporate Gnostic doctrine into the Church, but John makes it impossible to do so. Jesus wasn’t some weird spiritual being, He was God in the flesh, very much physical!
Anyways John continues to remind us the purpose of his writings, he doesn’t want us to sin. Though John, You and I both know we all sin, he responds by telling us that we have an advocate who Is Jesus Christ himself. So when we inevitably sin, Christ is our advocate, or “paráklētos” (that’s Greek to me!) which literally means “one called or sent for to assist another”. Notice a similarity? Well, if you study any simple Biblical Greek you’ll know that that same word is used for the Holy Spirit “Helper”. John used it when he penned in chapter 14 verse 26 of his gospel, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” that same word was used, though the context in 1st John refers to it in the general sense of an advocate, I find it kinda cool how you can tie those together!
So, what can we glean from this? We have an advocate. Jesus Christ “the righteous”. I love that title. It’s rather powerful if i do say so myself. It really trumps all other kings and kingdoms ever built, nobody else can be called “righteous” but God himself, for “no one does good but God”. And that same good God, the perfectly righteous one is our advocate. He took our sin so we wouldn’t have to, when we inevitably sin, we know we have a perfect advocate, Christ himself. How encouraging!
Thanks for reading!